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Students take part in a Climate Strike event at Caras Park in Missoula, September 20, 2019.
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Missoula Students Scold Adults, Demand Action On Climate Change

Thousands of students walked out of class Friday to lead climate strikes demanding more action to address climate change. Missoula’s protest drew hundreds to a downtown city park. The protests come as the United Nations prepares to hold its Climate Action Summit on Monday in New York.

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Students take part in a Climate Strike event at Caras Park in Missoula, September 20, 2019.
Nick Mott / Montana Public Radio

Thousands of students walked out of class Friday to lead climate strikes demanding more action to address climate change.

Missoula’s protest drew hundreds to a downtown city park. The protests come as the United Nations prepares to hold its Climate Action Summit on Monday in New York.

Courtney and John McKee are the founders of Headframe Spirits in Butte, MT.
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Early in the 20th century, the bustling mining town of Butte, Montana was one of the largest cities in the West. Hardrock miners lowered themselves 5,000 feet underground to tap out the abundant copper ore, working in mines with names like Orphan Girl, Neversweat, and Destroying Angel. In the hundred years since Butte’s heyday, most of the mines have closed, but new opportunities have been unearthed.

Using the same determination, innovation, and passion that underscored Butte’s early success, John and Courtney McKee founded Headframe Spirits distillery in 2010. Each spirit is named after a storied mine claim, weaving Butte’s mining history into unique products.


A U.S. government watchdog agency that works for Congress says taxpayers could potentially face hundreds of millions of dollars in cleanup costs from abandoned oil and gas wells on public lands.

The results of a plastic contamination survey of 50 waterways in Montana is expected in October.

To date, more than 500 confirmed cases and probable cases of lung disease associated with e-cigarette use have been reported across the country, including eight deaths.
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State health officials Friday confirmed the first case of electronic cigarettes causing a severe lung disease in Montana. The confirmation comes amid an ongoing national investigation into links between e-cigarettes and lung injuries.

Martha Hernández (left) and Ana Suda were detained for 40 minutes in 2018 by a U.S. border agent who overheard them speaking Spanish in Havre.
Brook Swaney / ACLU of Montana

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A woman who is suing the U.S. Customs and Border Protection after an agent questioned her and a friend for speaking Spanish in a convenience store said Friday the backlash to their lawsuit has forced them to move away from their small Montana city.

Grizzly bear track.
Jim Peaco-NPS (PD)

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife officials have ended their search for the grizzly bear or bears responsible for back-to-back attacks on hunters in the same area of southwestern Montana.

Fish Wildlife and Parks spokesman Morgan Jacobsen said Friday that a helicopter flight and three days of ground searches did not turn up any grizzlies in the area of Monday's attacks.

Two trends are converging in large wildland states like Montana — more frequent and severe wildfires and rapid home development in wildfire prone areas. A conference this week examined how homes burn and how to protect them.

About 50 people attended EPA's Superfund meeting at the Anaconda senior center to learn about the agency's proposed updates to the surface water remedy for the Anaconda Regional Waste, Water, and Soils Operable Unit. September 17, 2019.
Nora Saks / Montana Public Radio

The Environmental Protection Agency is rolling out an updated plan to protect Anaconda’s creeks from copper smelter waste. But some locals this week said they’re worried the federal government may back away from Montana’s strict water quality standards for heavy metals.

Missoula High School students join in the nationwide "climate strike", March 15, 2019.
Josh Burnham / Montana Public Radio

More than 5,000 climate strikes led by kids are set to take place around the world Friday. Students, including some in Montana, plan on skipping school to protest inaction on climate change.

In Missoula, high school and university students plan to walk out of class to draw attention to what they say is a climate crisis that needs to be addressed.

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